Who is Kevin Spencer?
Kevin Spencer is a teaching artist, researcher, speaker, consultant, and award-winning film producer as well as faculty in the Special Education program at Carlow University (PA) where he teaches a course on the intersection of the arts for special populations. He is also a world-renowned illusionist with dozens of accolades to his credit. He and his wife, Cindy, were the recipients of the Merlin Award for International Magicians of the Year (2009) and six-time recipients of Performing Arts Entertainer of the Year. Most recently, the Milbourne Christopher Foundation honored them as Illusionists of the Year (2015) for their unique contributions to the art of magic.
Spencer is widely considered the leading authority on the educational and therapeutic benefits of magic tricks in education and rehabilitation. His work has taken him around the world where he has conducted professional development training for educators, interactive classroom activities for students, and continuing education workshops for rehabilitation specialists.. He is a regular speaker at international education and healthcare conferences and believes in the power of the arts to bring transformative experiences to people of all abilities.
Spencer is the creator of Hocus Focus and Healing of Magic and holds a Certification in Autism Studies. His groundbreaking research has been published in the Journal of the International Association of Special Education and the Journal of the International Society for Teacher Education. And his work has been featured in Today in OT, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, Today in PT, REHAB Today, HEALTH magazine, ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners, and numerous other publications.
Spencer was recently a featured presenter at the First World Congress for Persons with Disabilities in Yekaterinburg, Russia. He has presented research at numerous education and healthcare conferences world-wide including the Council for Exceptional Children (St. Louis, 2016), Division of International Special Education and Services (Ireland 2011, Tobago 2013, and Portugal 2014), the East Asian International Conference on Teacher Education Research (Hong Kong), the International Society for Teacher Education Seminar (Norway), the International Scientific Conference on Rehabilitation and Education (Belarus), and the International Association for Special Education (Namibia 2012 and Vancouver 2014).